we are trying to make our wedding as fun and as cheap as possible. "fun" and "cheap" are rarely found in the same sentence as "new york city" so this has proved to be a daunting task. we had made a long list of everything we needed for the wedding- from hair and make up, to rings, to the ceremony space and music. its really crazy how quickly things added up. i decided that the best way to save money was to DIY the hell out of mostly everything. flowers? nope, no flowers. i'm making a brooch bouquet using brooches i found at flea markets, ebay, cheap shops and some very special donations from grandma :) those are mixed in with ribbon flowers im making from scratch. centerpieces? the table decorations will be mini versions of my bouquet placed in vintage glass bottles that we have been buying on ebay. i dont know how any budget bride has survived without ebay, its amazing. handmade pinwheels will serve as table assignments, parade decorations and the center of the centerpieces (think of a pinwheel bouquet in the middle of the table) all in one.decorations? the ceremony space is getting many dozens of handmade tissue paper pom poms that will (hopefully) hang from the ceiling. and we will be hanging them ourselves the night before, as well as setting up the chairs and preparing the mimosa bar. i'm not going to lie, i've been a little stressed lately. as many crafty people know, things never turn out right the first time you attempt it. it takes a practice, patience, and yards of ribbon before one of those flowers comes out looking correct. but doing things this way freed up our very tight budget for the more important things: alcohol and really good food!!!